Dems table GOP ethics resolution on Rangel

The House voted on Tuesday to let Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) keep his gavel while a special investigative panel resumes an inquiry into the Ways and Means chairman's tax practices among other possible ethical violations.

By a vote of 242-157, the chamber tabled a motion to remove Rangel from his chairmanship of the tax-writing panel until an ethics investigation into the congressman has been resolved; 16 members voted present.

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Five Republicans including Ron Paul (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungEx-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz Congress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns MORE (Alaska) and Peter King (N.Y.) opposed the privileged resolution offered by the House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (Texas.). Not one Democrat supported the Republican effort.

Republicans Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeSenate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion Texas New Members 2019 MORE (Texas), Dan Burton (Ind.) and the 13 members charged with investigating whether Rangel broke House ethics rules voted "present."

In a press statement released Tuesday night, the chairman and vice chairman of the ethics committee explained that "it has been the practice of the Members of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to vote 'present' on privileged resolutions which may potentially involve the jurisdiction of the committee."

Since news broke last year of Rangel possible ethics violations -- which include failing to pay taxes on his property in the Dominican Republic, maintaining four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, using official letterhead to solicit support for the Charles B. Rangel City College of New York House -- Republicans have tried and failed on previous occasions to sanction Rangel.

Jones, Paul, and Rohrabacher sided with Rangel on the last resolution in September. Young, however, voted against tabling the resolution in the fall while King did not vote on that measure.

Following Tuesday's vote, the National Republican Congressional Committee criticized politically vulnerable Democrats who voted to table the Rangel motion.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, as the ethics panel is formally known, voted to reconstitute the investigative subcommittee created last fall to look into a number of potential ethics violations involving the fourth most senior member of the House. Several former members of the full committee, Republican Doc HastingsRichard (Doc) Norman HastingsCongress just resolved a 20-year debate over Neolithic remains Boehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform MORE (Wash.) and Democrats Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenTexas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 MORE (Texas) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop Trump health official warned against controversial ObamaCare changes in private memo Top Trump health official warned against controversial ObamaCare changes in private memo Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push MORE (Va.) were reappointed to the sub-panel.